4 Ways to Choose a Lovebird

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4 Ways to Choose a Lovebird
4 Ways to Choose a Lovebird

Lovebirds are charismatic, restless and adventurous birds, who also love to be great companions. The most adopted species as pets are the “roseicollis”, the “fischeri” and the “personata”; when choosing your bird, see if it is well suited to interacting with humans. Also, confirm that the animal is in good health, with well-developed and formed legs, healthy looking feathers and no secretions in the beak.


Method 1 of 4: Choosing a Species

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Step 1. Analyze the possibility of adopting a lovebird “roseicollis”

This species is the most sought after as a pet within this genus; standing, a "roseicollis" can reach 12.7 cm in height, the largest of all. For the most part, they have a green body, with a face and neck that range from pale pink to bright red. The tail feathers are blue and the beaks have a “tanned” appearance.

  • As “roseicollis” is less aggressive, it can be a good choice for those who have children.
  • A bird of the species costs from R$100 to R$300, and to buy initial sustenance, about R$300 to R$400 more.
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Step 2. Learn more about lovebird “fischeri”

These birds are characterized by high-pitched chirping, greater aggressiveness (and smaller size) than the “roseicollis” and the “personata”, but if they are well socialized, they can be calm and easy to get along with.

  • They can be recognized by their green body and dark orange face (forehead, cheeks and neck). They also have a white circle around the eyes, greenish tail feathers and red beaks.
  • Because they are more skittish, the “fischeri” can be a little more affordable (R$80 to R$200 per bird), with an initial maintenance cost of around R$300 to R$400.
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Step 3. Find out about the characteristics of lovebirds “personata”

They are also smaller in size than the “roseicollis” species and, like the “fischeri”, are more aggressive. Another common feature of these two species is the curve that takes longer to become more tame when still young, requiring even more training and dedication as they mature. However, they can be less aggressive if they are well socialized.

  • Like the “fischeri”, they have a white circle around their eyes. The body is usually green, and the head is black, while the neck and chest region are yellowish. The beak is red and the tail feathers are green, but may be blue in some variations.
  • The price of an animal of the species varies from R$100 to R$300, in addition to the additional amount for sustenance, which ranges from R$300 to R$400.

Method 2 of 4: Deciding the Gender and Amount of Lovebirds

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Step 1. Choose a male

Regardless of the species, male lovebirds tend to be calmer than females, who like to mark their territory and are more aggressive. However, birds of both genders are active, playful and daring if they are well socialized.

Due to the preference for males, they can cost a little more than females

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Step 2. Buy a lovebird if you want it to bond with you, not another bird

However, as the owner turns the “flock” into the pet, having only one requires you to devote a lot of time and attention to the bird; if you don't have time to interact with her due to work or social obligations, buy two.

  • When choosing just one, be prepared to let him spend a lot of time with you outside the cage, interacting frequently. Otherwise, he can become even more aggressive, attacking people and even self-mutilating, becoming depressed and very sick.
  • Remember, too, that you cannot introduce another lovebird into a house where one is already used to living. There is even a risk that he will kill the new pet because he is used to being the only bird.
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Step 3. Buy a pair of lovebirds

With two, the chance of developing strong bonds between them is greater than with you, which is better for those who don't have time to bond with pets. The bonds they create between them will be very strong, regardless of whether they are a couple or both of the same gender.

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Step 4. Introduce him to birds of other genres calmly

When opting for the love of lovebirds with another bird, take each step very gradually; this species may or may not work with others, often attacking the other animal that is placed in the cage. At first, keep them in separate cages and allow them to interact from a distance; it's a way of knowing whether or not they'll get along.

It might be better to find another home for this second bird if they don't get along well

Method 3 of 4: Choosing Well Socialized Birds

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Step 1. Give preference to a younger love interest

It is much easier to train them when they are young than to do it with one who is six to eight weeks old. Ask the breeder for age before making the purchase.

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Step 2. Choose a love interest bred “in the papaya”

This means he was fed by human hands as a newborn, not his parents. This makes him more trusting in humans, unlike those who grew up in colonies or supported by their father and mother. Also, they are much less noisy. Basically, if you want to train and have a deep bond with lovebirds, it is recommended to opt for one that was created by hand.

To find out if the bird's creation was close to humans, stick out your hand or a finger and see if it climbs onto it. If you are used to it, lovebirds should have the confidence to go up; on the other hand, if you notice frightened behavior, it wasn't raised that way (or it was done inappropriately)

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Step 3. Buy birds of this genus that are more alert and restless

This indicates that they were well cared for and taught correctly. On the other hand, be wary of those who are still and curled up on the floor or in a corner; the normal thing is that all species of the genus are curious and try to interact with the environment and with humans.

  • Lethargy and anxiety are also signs of bad parenting.
  • Finally, feathers that are always ruffled signal that the bird is aggressive or very scared.

Method 4 of 4: Choosing Healthy Birds

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Step 1. Check that all four legs are well formed

When in good health, all legs develop evenly, with the nails at the tip. It is not recommended to purchase lovebirds with distortion in the paws.

Furthermore, their color is, with rare exceptions, gray

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Step 2. Observe if there is any secretion in the beak

Runny nose signals that the bird is sick; many of them can be cured, but it will take a lot of care and attention. Sick lovebirds, with secretions in one of the eyes or beak, already indicate that their breeder did not do a good job. Always prefer a healthy pet, with a clean beak and no secretion.

Also confirm that the animal is able to close the beak completely

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Step 3. Make sure his eyes are clear

The presence of any discharge, or even a “wet” appearance in the eyes, indicates an illness. They should be clear and bright, always very alert, with the eyelids open.

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Step 4. Check the state of the lovebird's feathers

When healthy, they will be very soft and robust, without being "disheveled" from the bird's body, but if they are messy or goose bumps, it may be anxious or very fearful. The same goes for finding points on the body without feathers (the bird can pull them out due to nervousness).

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Step 5. Listen to the love of the lovebird breathing

Wheezing or wheezing during breathing also signals that the pet is sick, so any strange noise indicates that you should choose another.

You shouldn't hear anything as he breathes

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Step 6. Observe the lovebird's vocalization habits

If he is well and healthy, he makes very high-pitched noises as a way of calling and talking to those around him. No species of the genus vocalizes much, but when well taken care of, the bird will chirp and sing a lot at certain times of the day.


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